Film round-up: 24/11/2014 – 30/11/2014

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The last week of November sees the rerelease of the recent Disney animation, Frozen. If you have already had enough of ‘Let It Go’, there is a lot more on offer, including three very different documentaries featuring David Hockney, Muhammad Ali, and Franz Fanon’s theories on colonialism. On the more light hearted side of things, we have the adaptation of Michael Bond’s much loved Paddington stories. Find out more about this week’s releases below.

This week sees the rerelease of Disney’s latest animation, Frozen, that took the world by storm this time last year. For those of you who have managed to escape the excitement of Frozen, it follows Snow Queen Elsa and her worrying power that leads to the kingdom being trapped in a perpetual winter. It is up to Elsa’s sister, Anna, to save the kingdom with the help of Kristoff, his reindeer, and a talking snowman named Olaf.

2001: A Space Odyssey is the second rerelease this week. Stanley Kubrick’s critically acclaimed sci-fi film was originally released in 1968, loosely based on a short story by Arthur C. Clarke who later went on to write a novel of the same name. The film follows encounters between humans and mysterious black monoliths, after one is found on the moon.

Concerning Violence is a combination of archive footage and extracts from critic Franz Fanon’s iconic text The Wretched of the Earth. It documents the African struggle for freedom against colonial rule. On 2nd December, the film will be shown at Southampton’s Picture House and will be followed by a panel discussion with lecturers from University of Southampton.

Starring The Big Bang Theory’s Kunal Nayyar, Dr. Cabbie follows an Indian doctor as he moves to Canada to get a new life. Things don’t quite go to plan in the comedy when he is confined to being a taxi driver and he begins illegally treating patients in the back of his cab.

David HockneyHockney is a new documentary about artist David Hockney. The artist takes director Randall Wright on an exclusive tour of his archives and the studio where he paints seven days a week. The film looks at Hockney’s early years in the British pop art scene, as well as giving us an insight into his experiences of being a gay man as the Aids crisis took hold.

Horrible Bosses 2 is the sequel to the 2011 comedy, Horrible Bosses. Starring Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day, the film follows the three friends who previously plotted to murder their bosses, as they choose to start their own business. But, as expected, not everything goes as smoothly as they had hoped.

I Am Ali is an intimate documentary on the life of legendary boxer and civil rights supporter Muhammad Ali. Director Clare Lewin, through a combination of testimonials from Ali’s innermost circle of friends and family and exclusive views of his personal archive of “audio journals”, provides the most personal and heart-warming portrayal of the people’s champion yet to be depicted by film.

Kajaki. The True Story, is an Afghan war thriller that is based on true events, telling the story of a small unit of soldiers tasked with disabling a Taliban road block when they accidentally detonate a land mine. Its production will be raising money for four military charities.

Screen Shot 2014-11-24 at 09.17.01From producer David Heyman, comes the long-awaited revival of classic children’s character Paddington in new live-action feature, Paddington. When a young Peruvian Bear with a passion of all things British arrives in London in the search of a new home, he is taken in by the loving Brown family. But when this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist the City is soon revealed to be far less inviting than Paddington imagined.

Japanese Action movie, Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno tells the story of Kenshin Himura played by Takeru Satô who stands up against the evil Makoto Shishio to face his attempts to overthrow the Meiji government and take over the nation.

Religious drama Stations of the Cross, being screened in German, French and Latin, depicts the radical tale of fourteen year-old Maria whose devotion to Christ moves her to journey through the 14 stations as Jesus did on his path to Golgatha. Director Dietrich Brüggemann shoots his film using only 14 fixed-angle long shots, allowing his viewers to experience Maria’s journey in an entirely new way to the traditional film.

Ungli, an Indian comedy drama starring Emraan Hasmi, Kangna Ranaut, Sanjay Dutt and Randeep Hooda as an infamous gang of friends intent on taking justice into their own hands.

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